Dan Quinn must have seen some impressive qualities in Jayden Daniels to make such a statement. It sounds like Daniels has some toughness that caught Quinn’s eye.


Dan Quinn has been in the business of evaluating prospects for 30 years, so he knows a good one when he sees them.

It doesn’t take three decades of experience to spot that Jayden Daniels is a rare talent. General manager Adam Peters said the LSU quarterback can take a defense’s soul, and whether he was playing with the Tigers or at Arizona State, the Heisman-winning sign-caller did exactly that with more than 16,000 yards of total offense in five seasons.

All that was impressive to Quinn, but it wasn’t necessarily what sold him on the prospect of the Washington Commanders taking Daniels with the No. 2 overall pick. Actually, it was everything else about the 23-year-old that put him over the top.

“Over the past two months when I found out what was behind the rib cage … This guy is tough. He is competitive.”